Arup unveils roadmap to net zero for existing Scottish hotels

Arup has teamed up with IHG and Schneider Electric to outline a routemap for further decarbonisation of two hotels in Scotland.

Arup unveils roadmap to net zero for existing Scottish hotels

Applying the net zero methodology outlined in its co-authored white paper ‘Transforming Existing Hotels to Net Zero Carbon’, Arup has assessed the impact of a range of measures to the Kimpton Blythswood Square and Kimpton Charlotte Square.

“It is widely acknowledged that this decade needs to be one of climate action,” Arup said. “Without taking bold steps now, we will not be able to achieve the net zero carbon target set for 2050 and avert climate catastrophe. With 80% of 2050 building stock already existing today, we must prioritise decarbonising what we already have.”

The two hotels, which will host many of the COP26 delegates, have already taken strides towards decarbonising. But, Arup said, now they have a roadmap to drive them to net zero.

Simon Gill, UKMEA hotels and leisure business leader, said: “We are proud to be working with IHG and Schneider Electric on this piece to support the continued decarbonisation of IHG hotels and tackle the operational net zero carbon challenge for existing hotels. Together, we can continue to create buildings of the future and preserve our planet for all generations.”

Arup explored the measures already implemented by IHG as well the impact of potential future measures that would enable IHG to transform these hotels to net zero carbon. Its videos of Blythswood Square and Charlotte Square showcase proposed changes to operations through improvements to control and monitoring, passive measures such as improving the thermal performance of the building fabric, active measures that improve the efficiency of systems, and generating renewable energy on site. 

Blythswood Square

Charlotte Square

Summary papers on Blythswood Square and Charlotte Square have been made available to learn more about the work undertaken at both hotels.

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